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mld100967429 wrote a review of on October 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Just ordered another pair. This will be my second Wings 3, prior to that two pairs of Wings 2 and one of Wings (eeee, it has been awhile). They just keep getting better. Great for my running and Nordic Running (add ski poles to your running and go 4x4, legs and arms engaged).
In general, I dumped everything else for Salomon long time ago.
Among Salomon products Wings 3 have been the best by far. I have tried Speedcross, and I am back to The Wings! Many reasons for that:
1. excellent traction for Arizona or Southern California trails- grippy on steep, rocky hard pack covered with layer naturally decomposed granite, that stuff makes it slippery, and you may go into a skid or slide just like too much throttle on a dirt bike.
2. strong and thick soles to last against that 'sandpaper' granite and stop cholla cactus clusters from getting through.
3. yet very light and articulated
4. great stability, no slant or pronation that causes ankle twist
5. strong top material to resist the same bloody cactus clusters
6. breathable, no annoying 'waterproofing' that make your feet boil.
7. great toe guards.

One thin that I don't like in all Salomons: speed laces do not last, have to be replaced much sooner than shoes, and do not hold well (too 'slippery'). Have to stop every now and then to tighten the laces.
I wish there were high ankle versions of Wings 3, for keeping rocks, cactus clusters, thorns, sand etc. from entering the shoes.
Gaiters help but they would not last very long in AZ desert.
As a suggestion: for taller ladies with narrow, long feet with skinny pointy toes and small arches try to use mens version. Ladies models seem to feel too wide, too much volume in the arch and below ankle area, designed for stubby, stocky feet with short straight-across toes. I buy mens size and half smaller than my normal ladies size (for example 7.5 mens for 9 ladies), yet you may try your own conversion.

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mld100967429 wrote a review of on October 7, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

They forgot to list cholla cactus clusters and other desert small spiky things. Those are vicious! Or if you like to max out and run on the beach, then sand accumulating in your shoes is bummer.
Good, compact gaiters that do the job but do not cover half of your legs and create tan lines. Recommend to AZ and CA runners.

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mld100967429 wrote a review of on October 7, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Generally, Salomon is my choice. After having great experience with Wings for the past 5 or so years I bought a pair of Speedcross. A bit disappointed. They fit well, at least finally a pair of shoes for rather narrow feet with slanted toe shape. They are comfortable indeed. However, the soles/ threads only lasted for a month of running here on Arizona rocky/ hard pack trails. The thread/ pattern was completely shredded, and inner sole layers started showing through. Became slippery, especially up and downhill, no traction. Another problem is that the pronation angle is too much, feels like you are about to twist your ankle any moment. That was the reason I bailed out of any adidas footwear long time ago.
Toe protection is not as good as in Wings.
The last question: what has happened to descent colours? I switched from ladies to men shoes because I disagree with annoying peptobismol-pink or neon-green. Now bad trend has reached mens shoes. It would be nice to find something in colour scheme matching outdoors. This product is for trails, not for Scottsdale or Orange County gym.

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mld100967429 wrote a review of on September 11, 2012

2 5

Unfortunately, there is no info how long these pants are. This is my never-ending problem: all pants are too short, and I end up returning 4 out of 5. I am 5'-10, size 4 and 36" inseam. These pants fit well, don't create empty "bags" hanging down my sides like most of those "curvies, but they are... about 4-5" too short!

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mld100967429 wrote an answer about on September 7, 2012

We wear these ponchos with helmets! My husband and I ride enduro dirt bikes (motorized, not those with pedals), and these ponchos are great to cover the entire riding gear such as helmets, body armour, hydration packs with stuff in them, and the critical part of the bike where electrical stuff is. Storms here in AZ are short but very intense. Just pull over for 15 minutes, cover yourself up, and let it blow by.
These ponchos are the solution. One more thing: if you are tall, buy Large so you can cover tops of your motocross boots to keep water from leaking off the poncho down into the boots.

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